Best of Cancerwise 2016: Our experts’ most helpful insight

A cancer diagnosis can require you to expand your vocabulary, learn about treatment options and side effects, and ask questions you never thought you’d need to consider. Luckily, our experts can be great resources when it comes to expanding your knowledge. This past year, our doctors shared insight on topics ranging from immunotherapy, clinical trials and stem cell transplants to fertility and cancer. Here are seven recent posts with our experts that our readers found especially helpful. Q&A: Understanding immunotherapy You’ve probably heard of immunotherapy, a new type of treatment that uses the body’s own natural defense system to attack cancer. But what is it, and who should consider it? Learn more in this interview with Dr. Padmanee Sharma, co-leader of MD Anderson’s immunotherapy platform. Understanding neuropsychology and chemobrain At one time, chemobrain was considered temporary or an emotional or stressful reaction to having cancer. Today, through the research of neuropsychologists like Jeffrey Wefel, Ph.D., and Shelli Kesler, Ph.D., we better understand how certain chemotherapy agents actually induce brain damage. Learn about our neuropsychology research and how our neuropsychologists are helping cancer patients. Phase I clinical trials: What you should know Phase I clinical trials are the foundation for how we develop new cancer drugs. And, for many patients, they can offer hope of successful treatment. Learn more about Phase I trials in this interview with David Hong, M.D. Understanding stem cell transplants Stem cell transplants are often the best option to treat leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma, as well as bone marrow failure syndromes like myelodysplastic syndrome. Learn about the different types of stem cell transplants and how they work in...